Why do women’s clothing have shallow pockets?
A common complaint among women is the lack of pockets in clothing. Often women get the aesthetic of a pocket, but it often stops at that. If there is a pocket, it is extremely shallow and completely not functional.
Functional pockets are a desire women are rarely afforded in fashion. In recent years, designers started to market dresses with pockets. To say that women were thrilled is an understatement. But even these dresses with pockets suffered from shallow depth.
Pockets are great. They are a nice place to put your hands. They keep your hands warm. They make you feel relaxed.
On the practical side, pockets are great places to store stuff. Your phone, your wallet, your keys.
Nothing is worse than when you have your phone in your pocket and you bend over or sit down and it falls onto the floor.
Feminist Take: Pockets Give Women Independence.
In 2020, a whole book about the pocket was published called The Pocket: The Hidden History of Women’s Lives, 1660-1990. The authors are Barbara Burman and Arianne Fennetaux. I have not yet had the opportunity to read this text published by Yale University Press.
Surprise surprise, pockets on women’s clothing gave them independence. This is something the patriarchy needed to squelch. Thus, when women go to bars and don’t want to take on the responsibility of a bag (or shall we say baggage), they give their minimal possessions for a man with pockets to hold.
This of course means the woman has to constantly be mindful of where the man with their things is and make sure he does not leave with her possessions, leaving her stranded without money or a phone or her identity card.
Before the 20th century, many women wore aprons or ‘tie-on pockets’ that could hold an admirable amount of stuff. Today they have purses, and the bigger the better! Cute little purses are for youngin’s but those large bags are for real women. At least that is the message fashion media portrays.
If fashion won’t give us pockets, make them! (Re-)Enter the Apron
And so I urge women to return to the apron. If the fashion industry is not providing us with an acceptable means to carry required daily necessities such as money, credit cards, identity documents, menstruation necessities, etc. then women ought to find a solution! That solution, I propose is the apron. More specifically, what I call the raffle apron.
The raffle apron is an apron often found at events with raffles. They have pockets for the tickets being sold and separate pockets for the money they collect.
The practicality of aprons is immense. They free up your hands. They free up your mind from being responsible for a detached bag. The apron attaches to your body without compromising your fashion choices.
Whats more is that you can buy all sorts of aprons to accommodate your personal fashion style.